Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Road to Avonlea The Complete Seventh Volume|
Actors: Sarah Polley, Zachary Bennett, Lally Cadeau, Jacky Burroughs, Meg Ruffman
Directors: Allan King, William Brayne, Stefan Scaini, Stacey Stewart Curtis, Graeme Lynch
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
THE ROAD TO AVONLEA is a Canadian children's television series based on the beloved children's book THE GOLDEN ROAD by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Young Sara Stanley lives a comfortable life in exciting, urban Montreal, but her ... more »
4 of 13 episodes are worthwhile.
Reliable Reviews Too | Carmel Valley, CA | 06/20/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Road to Avonlea" is my favorite series. Seasons 1-5 and portions of season-6 were brilliant. "Anne of Green Gables" was excellent. That brilliance was lost in season-7.
The charming original Cecily has been replaced. The well-liked Chef Pierre La Pierre does not appear except for 5-seconds. The well-liked original Malcom and the original Morgan Pettibone have been replaced. Sarah is squeezed into the end of the last episode as a guest at the party. The series has constantly brought in new writers and new directors, and previously was able to maintain a standard of personality, warmth, and humor in the scripts, arising from the excellent writers, Suzette Couture, Heather Conkie, and Hart Hanson. This season's scripts do not carry on that personality, warmth, and humor. Felix and Felicity seem unhappy to be here. They are very serious, in great contrast to their joy, charm, and expression as children. The episodes do not fit together. This season's scripts do not plus comedy on the same thought, or build upon a theme, each script is scattered, unfocused. Maybe the cast and crew became unhappy with new management; or like the producer, became busy elsewhere, and their thoughts were elsewhere. None of the scripts reach the level of "excellent" reached in earlier seasons. This season is disappointing. There is so little on TV that is good, that I give 2-stars for the wholesome format, past greatness, and the 4 pleasant episodes. However, 4-episodes, without the humor and excellence of earlier seasons, should price season-7 at $20 or less.
The "behind-the-scenes" is a preview of the series, "Wind At My Back", and some very short behind-the-scenes that you have already seen if you have bought the prior seasons' DVD's. Nothing new. Someone has truth issues.
1. There are no stories about Felicity and the orphanage for having devoted this whole episode to deciding to start an orphanage. Felicity's dating a new boyfriend does not work with a picture of Felicity and Gus getting married on the cover of the DVD. The episode is like talking about something that is not particularly interesting with someone you like; ok, but uneventful.
Olivia and Jasper display charm, thoughtfulness, and romance in scenic surroundings; which makes the episode worthwhile. The writers should have done more stories with the established, likeable Izzy Pettibone, and Olivia and Jasper. Izzy is quite expressive, but, her boyfriend Felix is impassive (without expression). Thus, Izzy & Felix have none of the chemistry of Olivia and Jasper. Good morals between Izzy and Felix are promoted.
Davey and the bad carnival people. Davey's infatuation with the carnival mermaid. Written for six year-old minds; unbelievable and mindless. None of the characters are themselves. A poor episode.
Izzy's unusual Aunt comes to visit. A different Morgan Pettibone breaks believability in a story about the Pettibone family. However, this story is interesting about Izzy and her extravagant aunt who owns a shop that sells beautiful hats. Izzy's aunt believes every girl should have a beautiful hat.
Aunt Abigail comes to visit. A different Malcom and Cecily break believability. If the producer was unable to acquire the original actors, he should have left these characters out entirely. The person who decided to replace well-liked actors, has likely had several divorces without a thought. The humor is unsuccessful. The story is unlikely. Some may enjoy seeing the characters they like in a script without interest.
Big city Broadway songwriters come to town. The script fails to portray the songwriters likeably. Guest singers should have appeared for a musical episode fitting the theme. A better song for Alec who does sing well. Selena Dale diverts precious time from the regular characters in a promising theme that never takes off.
An older, woman, guest is demanding, which fits in a story about Felix overbooking the hotel. Rather than plus this, the writer changes this woman to an end-of-the-world, crazy guest, which says we are changing the story to... confusion. An example of the otherwise excellent writer, straying from theme in a story about Felix taking on too much to handle. Promising but uneventful.
Contest between schools. The episode is pleasant, but does not have the charm and humor of earlier seasons.
Two orphans from England pull pranks. Constant, unpleasant disputes prevent this episode from being anything but fair. There is no balance of warmth, fun, and likeable characters.
Ninety-one year-old, Great Aunt Winifred is depressed and troubled and comes to visit. A dreary story. A poor episode.
Felicity and Hetty travel to South Carolina in search of Gus. Worthwhile.
Two townspeople try to persuade the town of Avonlea to sell the cannery to the town of Carmody and move the school there, and move the railroad line for profit for the two. Characters we like in a story that is not bad, but not good.
Felicity marries Gus. Good only because the King family and Sarah are all here, and because Gus and Felicity finally get married. Not as good as it could have been. Sarah is squeezed in at the end, as a guest at the party, in a story about others.
More on what went wrong with this brilliant series, under the "comment" button below."
7 was a delight!
Janet C. Ross | Pleasant Grove, UT United States | 06/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I kept reading the reviews and was afraid to get this set, but after seeing it, I can't belive the reviews have been so negative. This has been delightful!!!! It's more like the first couple of series. It was light and cheery! I would recomend this for any who love the fun of these shows and not fuss over where Sara and Felicity are. I was saddened that they didn't resolve what happened to Gus' Mom, though."
A Very Good Series
Virginia E. Mulrooney | 06/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This series is wonderful! However, on this seventh season I was disappointed because Sarah is absent and we don't see very much of Felicity (on the first couple episodes and on the very last) and Gus (on the very last episode). If you go onto Netflix you'll notice that most of the reviews are all negative. I honestly think they were all exaggerating. The first six seasons were just a little better, but the seventh is still very good and touching. You definitely need this season to comlete your Avonlea series. It is still worth the money and I am very glad I invested in this one. I highly recommend this and all the other seasons!"
Anita James | Fairfield, WA, US | 06/29/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These are nice, safe movies. We have enjoyed most of them and feel our young friends can safely watch them! Thank you"